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John Hatton's unacceptable actions

Celtic fan John Hatton can consider himself fortunate that he escaped a jail term for invading the pitch during a crucial European Champions League game in Glasgow last month and trying to kick a player from the Paris St-Germain club.

Anger over vandalism of Belfast parks

The vandalism of public parks has become a serious issue in many districts but it is completely shocking to find that the bill for repairs at one facility in west Belfast over the last year is running in excess of £150,000.

Irish World Cup hopes grow

The exploits of Northern Ireland and the Republic in qualifying for the World Cup play-offs, coming just over a year after both sides made it to the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 in France, deserve the highest praise.

We need a long term strategy on nurse recruitment

The issues surrounding the shortage of nurses in Northern Ireland point to fundamental problems in the health service, in particular a failure of strategic direction and organisational planning.

Poignant image of Belfast homelessness

The photograph on the front page of our paper yesterday, showing how a homeless man uses a public telephone box on Belfast's bustling Ormeau Road to store his bedding material, was a particularly stark image.

Saving our sports coaches

There are many strong reasons for hoping that our devolved administration can be restored in the near future but few are more compelling than the case of the dozens of sports coaches who face redundancy later this month.

Police must take action against UVF behind sectarian intimidation

More than a week on from the threats that forced four Catholic families to leave their homes in a shared housing development and the chief constable has publicly blamed the east Belfast UVF for this despicable crime which has appalled people across Northern Ireland.

Liam Cosgrave's unique record of service

The former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who has died at the age of 97, came from a family with an outstanding record of public service and made a massive contribution through his own long political career.

Looming health cuts a serious concern

In the absence of firm information emerging from the ongoing talks process, observers are examining any public words or appearances in the hope of gleaning a sense of whether we are on course for a restored executive or a form of direct rule from Britain.

Las Vegas mass murder places focus on gun controls

With the United States in shock and grief following its deadliest mass shooting, the focus will inevitably turn to the gun laws that allow someone with murder in mind to buy automatic weapons capable of turning a country music festival into a scene reminiscent of a battlefield.

Deserved tributes to Henry Henvey

Many people have always had good reason to be grateful for the dedicated service provided by the late Henry Henvey during his decades as the keeper of the St John's Point Lighthouse at Killough in Co Down.

Keep prisons drug-free

AS OF Sunday night the prison service was unable to confirm or deny that drug abuse was connected to the hospitalisation of two inmates of a youth detention centre on the outskirts of south Belfast.

Another reason to re-establish executive

IN TODAY’S edition we report that the Policing Board has become nothing more than a ‘talking shop’ because of the inability to appoint a human rights adviser due to the absence of a functioning assembly.

Paramilitary groups must be consigned to history

As this week's despicable threats made to Catholic families living in a shared housing development in south Belfast sharply demonstrate, tackling the malign influence of paramilitaries in our society is a task of crucial importance.

Alarm over Cormac Munroe incident

There will be considerable alarm over the circumstances in which a young Tyrone footballer was left in hospital after apparently being punched to the ground outside a Belfast bar.

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